Musk confirms Tesla working on custom AI chip | Apple offers insight into autonomous vehicle development | Funding for Jersey City light-rail expansion expected
December 11, 2017
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Musk confirms Tesla working on custom AI chip
Musk confirms Tesla working on custom AI chip
Musk (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Chip architect Jim Keller is developing a customized artificial intelligence chip for Tesla, CEO Elon Musk has reportedly confirmed. The chip could be used to replace Tesla's current NVIDIA graphics processor in its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system.
The Motley Fool (12/8) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Apple offers insight into autonomous vehicle development
Around 200 artificial intelligence experts attended a luncheon at Apple recently and learned about Apple's autonomous vehicle program. Discussion focused on how Apple collects and uses data, plus the sensors, lidar, cameras and software it uses for autonomous vehicles.
Wired online (12/9) 
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Funding for Jersey City light-rail expansion expected
NJ Transit is expected to approve a $5 million contract for the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in Jersey City this week. "As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth," says Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (12/9) 
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Travel Tech
LG unveils driverless-vehicle tech
LG Electronics has unveiled new Long-Term Evolution-based vehicle-to-everything autonomous-vehicle technology. "Based on the latest technology, we will take the lead in the 5G-based V2X technologies required to produce connected vehicles," an LG official said.
Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (12/10) 
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Commentary: Driverless cars are the future of chip development
Autonomous vehicles of the future will require artificial intelligence that can think on its own and navigate a wide variety of situations, writes Robert Vamosi. New vehicle technology will drive the demand for innovation in chip development, bringing opportunities for the semiconductor industry, he writes.
Semiconductor Engineering (12/7) 
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Going Green
Mergers could save China's remaining bike-share firms
Mergers could save China's remaining bike-share firms
(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Intense competition for users in China's bike-sharing markets has forced many companies out of business, and remaining firms must consider their options to survive, writes Meng Jing. At its peak, China's bike-sharing market included some 100 companies, and now the remaining three -- Ofo, Mobike and Hellobike -- must decide whether to merge or continue spending to survive.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (12/9) 
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Swedish tiny electric car features solar charging
Swedish startup Uniti has developed a prototype electric car geared toward the commuter who travels a short distance to work alone. The two-seater car, which will retail for $17,000, features a battery that will last about 186 miles and can be charged for free at home for five years using solar power.
FastCoDesign (12/7) 
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Ga. DOT approves $11M for road projects
The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved five infrastructure projects for the northeastern part of the state worth more than $11 million. The funding covers safety projects in Clarke, Dawson and Oconee counties and resurfacing projects in Forsyth and Hall counties.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (12/8) 
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Calif. looks at vehicle mileage tax
The California Department of Transportation is studying a road mileage tax and will start to look for a technology partner next year. The state wants to implement point-of-purchase technology, where a vehicle's odometer is read at gas stations or electric-vehicle charging stations.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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